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Know More about Baby Teeth

Every milestone in a baby’s life, such as his / he first crawling, sitting, walking,uttering sounds etc. will keep you on your toes. And so will his/ her first tooth eruption. It is important for a parent to know how to take care of his \ her baby before, during, and after the eruption of the tooth. You should start cleaning your baby’s gums, a few days after his \ her birth, by wiping with a clean, moist gauze pad or washcloth.

Do you know that your child is already born with underdeveloped teeth ?

These teeth develop from ‘tooth buds ‘ that are present under the gums. They usually erupt when a baby is around 6 months old and the process by which the tooth buds develop into teeth is termed as  ‘teething’.

Common symptoms of teething

  • Irritability
  • Tender and swollen gums
  • Drooling
  • Trouble in sleeping
  • Rejecting food
  • A visible tooth below the gums 

It is not important that every child experiences all these symptoms. 

If you notice all these symptoms together, it is sure that your child is teething. If your baby has rashes, fever, diarrhea and vomiting during teething period, do not dismiss it simply as a sign of teething and if these  symptoms continue for more than 24 hours, consult your pediatrician immediately.

According to American Academy of Pediatrics​

  • A teething baby will try to put everything into his\her mouth to soothe his\her gums and hence, he\she probably gets sick, after coming into contact with bacteria\viruses.
  • Sore gums are common for a teething baby;so rubbing his / her gums with a clean finger, moist cloth or a cool teething ring can be soothing for the baby. Try to avoid over-the-counter benzene products for babies below 2 years of age.
  • The first teeth to appear are the two lower front teeth, followed by the two upper front teeth.by the age of 3 years, your baby gets all his 20 teeth. Although, some babies might not get their first tooth until they are 12-14 months of age. 
  • As soon as the teeth come in ,decay can occur; so start brushing your baby’s teeth,once they begin to erupt into the oral cavity by using fluoride toothpaste in an amount not more than a smear or the size of a grain of rice.
  • Brush the teeth thoroughly twice a day  (morning and night) . supervise your children’s brushing to ensure that they use only the appropriate amount of toothpaste .
  •  For children aged 3 to 6 years use a pea- sized amount of fluoride toothpaste and when your child has two teeth that touch each other start cleaning between his /her  teeth as well.

Why Baby Teeth are Important ?

Baby teeth are very important for a child’s development and health. They help him / her chew, speak and smile properly. These teeth ‘hold space’ for their permanent successors. If a child’s baby tooth is last early, the permanent teeth can drift into the empty spaces, causing them to become crowded or crooked, especially when other permanent teeth do not get adequate space. So, it is important to take good care of your child’s oral cavity.

When to Worry About late Teething ?

It is perfectly normal that the tooth does not peep out when your child is 5-7 months of age. But if there is no sign of tooth eruption even after 18 months, consult our best dentist in Coimbatore at Sri Sai dental clinic. There is no adverse effect of late eruption on a child’s overall development; instead it can be beneficial. If the tooth eruption is late, there is less change for the milk tooth to get caries.